Do you need a PC or Mac to use an iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Shivetya, May 5, 2011.

  1. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    Got someone at work who only has Linux machines at home. He wants to know if he needs Windows or OS X to use an iPad at home (for his daughter actually).

    I never really thought about it when I bought mine and immediately connected to my Mac. So would they have a over priced paper weight if they don't have access to iTunes through a PC/Mac?
     
  2. Maccleduff macrumors regular

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    Yes, you need access to iTunes, to activate it when you first plug it in.
    A new ipad just shows a picture of the itunes logo with the usb cable.

    Plus you'd need itunes to sync/backup and add music/videos.
     
  3. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Maybe iTunes under WINE on Linux; never tried; but maybe works ... or a quick VMWare (or similar) setup to get temporary a Windows running ...
     
  4. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    There is a Linux tool to active iOS devices (don't know if it works on an iPad though) available here
     

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